NYPA Press Release

NYPA Employees Recognized With EPRI Technology Transfer Awards

For Immediate Release: 2/22/2021

Contact: Lynne Smith | (914) 346-4656 | Lynne.Smith@nypa.gov

Promising Research Focuses on Air Quality, Electric Vehicles, Emergency Response and Grid Resilience

Thirteen New York Power Authority (NYPA) employees have been selected to receive prestigious 2020 Power Delivery & Utilization (PDU) Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for implementing technologies and processes that will benefit utility performance and the industry at large. The annual EPRI Technology Transfer Awards recognize the leaders and innovators who have applied EPRI research to produce significant results.


“NYPA is working to achieve a thriving, resilient New York State powered by clean energy over the next decade, and our employees play a vital role in this transition,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA’s president and CEO. “Recognition by EPRI validates the efforts of this group of innovators who are pursuing new innovative solutions to preserve our energy and environmental assets and improve the resilience of the electric grid.”


Employees were recognized as follows:


  • Joshua Ramos and Walter Soto were selected as 2020 EPRI Generation Technology Transfer Award winners for Accurate Assessment of NO2 and NOx at Fossil Fuel Power Plants, a study using air quality models that will assist generating units in meeting air quality standards and achieving permitting of the units.


  • Atena Darvishi, Alan Ettlinger and George Stefopoulos were recognized for the application of Wide Area Oscillations Damping Control for investigating its use to mitigate low-frequency oscillations in NY and Italian grids.


  • Atena Darvishi, Ramadan Elmoudi, Alan Ettlinger and Gregory Pedrick were recognized for their application of Algorithms for Utility Infrared Inspection and Monitoring in Substations for applying and demonstrating success in online infrareds (IR) inspection and monitoring of substations.


  • John Markowitz was on a nine-member team recognized for Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Modeling for Deployment Programs for using EPRI modeling tools to develop system-level understanding of widespread transportation electrification in light, medium and heavy duty applications.


  • Vic Costanza, Randy Crissman, J.T. Flick, Jaiah Gottor and Corey Peters were recognized for their application of the Resilient Communications Demonstration Project. Their work included insights into alternative communications methods to support emergency response and recovery efforts in the event that a single event disabled both the power grid and communications systems required for restoration / black start.


The award winners will be recognized at the EPRI PDU virtual advisory and sector council meetings this week.

About NYPA

NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 80 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, FacebookInstagramTumblr and LinkedIn.

About EPRI

The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to nearly 40 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, NC; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.